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    Cote d'Ivoire Government - 2002
    https://greekorthodoxchurch.org/wfb2002/cote_divoire/cote_divoire_government.html
    SOURCE: 2002 CIA WORLD FACTBOOK

      Country name
      conventional long form: Republic of Cote d'Ivoire
      conventional short form: Cote d'Ivoire
      local short form: Cote d'Ivoire
      former: Ivory Coast
      local long form: Republique de Cote d'Ivoire

      Government type republic; multiparty presidential regime established 1960

      Capital Yamoussoukro; note - although Yamoussoukro has been the official capital since 1983, Abidjan remains the administrative center; the US, like other countries, maintains its Embassy in Abidjan

      Administrative divisions 58 departments (departements, singular - departement); Abengourou, Abidjan, Aboisso, Adiake, Adzope, Agboville, Agnibilekrou, Alepe, Bocanda, Bangolo, Beoumi, Biankouma, Bondoukou, Bongouanou, Bouafle, Bouake, Bouna, Boundiali, Dabakala, Dabou, Daloa, Danane, Daoukro, Dimbokro, Divo, Duekoue, Ferkessedougou, Gagnoa, Grand-Bassam, Grand-Lahou, Guiglo, Issia, Jacqueville, Katiola, Korhogo, Lakota, Man, Mankono, Mbahiakro, Odienne, Oume, Sakassou, San-Pedro, Sassandra, Seguela, Sinfra, Soubre, Tabou, Tanda, Tiebissou, Tingrela, Tiassale, Touba, Toulepleu, Toumodi, Vavoua, Yamoussoukro, Zuenoula

      Independence 7 August (1960) (from France)

      National holiday Independence Day, 7 August (1960)

      Constitution 3 November 1960; has been amended numerous times, last time 27 July 1998

      Legal system based on French civil law system and customary law; judicial review in the Constitutional Chamber of the Supreme Court; has not accepted compulsory ICJ jurisdiction

      Suffrage 18 years of age; universal

      Executive branch
      chief of state: President Laurent GBAGBO (since 26 October 2000); note - took power following a popular overthrow of the interim leader Gen. Robert GUEI who had claimed a dubious victory in presidential elections; Gen. GUEI himself had assumed power on 25 December 1999, following a military coup against the government of former President Henri Konan BEDIE
      head of government: Prime Minister and Minister of Planning and Development Affi N'GUESSAN (since 27 October 2000)
      cabinet: Council of Ministers appointed by the president
      elections: president elected by popular vote for a five-year term; election last held 26 October 2000 (next to be held NA 2005); prime minister appointed by the president
      election results: Laurent GBAGBO elected president; percent of vote - Laurent GBAGBO 59.4%, Robert GUEI 32.7%, Francis WODIE 5.7%, other 2.2%

      Legislative branch unicameral National Assembly or Assemblee Nationale (225 seats; members are elected in single- and multi-district elections by direct popular vote to serve five-year terms)
      elections: elections last held 10 December 2000 with by-elections on 14 January 2001 (next to be held NA 2005)
      note: a Senate is scheduled to be created in the next full election in 2005
      election results: percent of vote by party - NA%; seats by party - FPI 96, PDCI-RDA 94, RDR 5, PIT 4, other 2, independents 22, vacant 2

      Judicial branch Supreme Court or Cour Supreme consists of four chambers: Judicial Chamber for criminal cases, Audit Chamber for financial cases, Constitutional Chamber for judicial review cases, and Administrative Chamber for civil cases; there is no legal limit to the number of members

      Political parties and leaders Democratic Party of Cote d'Ivoire-African Democratic Rally or PDCI-RDA [Aime Henri Konan BEDIE]; Ivorian Popular Front or FPI [Laurent GBAGBO]; Ivorian Worker's Party or PIT [Francis WODIE]; Rally of the Republicans or RDR [Alassane OUATTARA]; Union for Democracy and Peace or UDPCI [Gen. Robert GUEI]; over 20 smaller parties

      Political pressure groups and leaders NA

      International organization participation ACP, AfDB, CCC, ECA, ECOWAS, Entente, FAO, FZ, G-24, G-77, IAEA, IBRD, ICAO, ICFTU, ICRM, IDA, IFAD, IFC, IFRCS, ILO, IMF, IMO, Interpol, IOC, IOM, ISO (correspondent), ITU, NAM, OAU, OIC, OPCW, UN, UNCTAD, UNESCO, UNHCR, UNIDO, UPU, WADB (regional), WAEMU, WCL, WFTU, WHO, WIPO, WMO, WToO, WTrO

      Diplomatic representation in the US
      chief of mission: Ambassador Youssoufou BAMBA
      chancery: 3421 Massachusetts Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20007
      FAX: [1] (202) 462-9444
      telephone: [1] (202) 797-0300

      Diplomatic representation from the US
      chief of mission: Ambassador Arlene RENDER
      embassy: 5 Rue Jesse Owens, Abidjan
      mailing address: B. P. 1712, Abidjan 01
      telephone: [225] 20 21 09 79
      FAX: [225] 20 22 32 59

      Flag description three equal vertical bands of orange (hoist side), white, and green; similar to the flag of Ireland, which is longer and has the colors reversed - green (hoist side), white, and orange; also similar to the flag of Italy, which is green (hoist side), white, and red; design was based on the flag of France

      NOTE: The information regarding Cote d'Ivoire on this page is re-published from the 2002 World Fact Book of the United States Central Intelligence Agency. No claims are made regarding the accuracy of Cote d'Ivoire Government 2002 information contained here. All suggestions for corrections of any errors about Cote d'Ivoire Government 2002 should be addressed to the CIA.

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